Australian Mental Health Organizations Issue Warnings About “13 Reasons Why”

13 reasons why sparking suicide hotline callsSelena Gomez’s hit Netflix series has been one of the most buzzed about shows this season. However, the show is gaining a bad reputation as Australian mental health organizations began issuing warnings about the show. The warnings came after suicide prevention hotlines began receiving “steadily increasing stream of calls and emails” from people asking about the series in the two weeks it premiered. There has been both praise and heavy criticism for Selena’s show and Kristen Douglas, a manager at Headspace, says allowing teens to watch the series imposes a serious risk.

“People have said the show has triggered their own vulnerabilities and made them consider whether suicide is a possible option for them,” said Kristen. Kristen and other organizations have criticized the show, Netflix and the show’s producers for not accurately including the impact and implications of teen suicide in the series.

“There is a responsibility for broadcasters to know what they are showing and the impact that certain content can have on an audience — and on a young audience in particular,” one of Kristen’s coworkers stated.

Do you think Selena and Netflix should have handled the suicide topic a bit more delicately?

(Photo credit: Selena Gomez Instagram account)


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    Bullshit! There are so many movies and shows out there with violence, sexual abuse and stuff like that. Like those Saw movies. People think 13RW is going to give people ideas to kill themselves when they identify with Hannah. But those Saw movies also have killing in them and no one is saying how they could give people ideas about killing others in disturbing ways. 13RW is showing the hard truth about suicide and wants to spread the message. When you identify with Hannah, it is supposed to show you that suicide is not a solution.